Friday, February 19, 2010

Whimsy ATCs

This month's ATC trade theme was "whimsy". I decided that that was very broad once I started looking into it. I decided to base my cards on the idea of flying frogs. That is just what popped into my head first. How many ways could I come up with to make a frog fly? The hot air balloon was the first that I did.

This is how the frog would fly if he fell out of the balloon.

A frog flying with a hang glider could reach those tasty butterflies more easily.

However, here is a frog that bit off more than he could chew and is flying in a way that wouldn't be so much fun.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Finally, Another Fairy Tale

It has been too long since I have posted a fairy tale. This one has been spinning around in my head for the past month. I'm glad that I finally got it cut.

This is a scene from the fairy tale, "The Donkey, the Table and the Stick". In this story, a son (or three sons in some versions) leaves home to prove to his father that he is good for something. He works for a year and receives a magic donkey as his wages. On his way home, he stops at an inn and shows the innkeeper his magic donkey. The innkeeper is so impressed that he switches the magic donkey for a normal one. Unknowingly, the son takes the wrong donkey home to show his father only to make a fool of himself when the donkey does not produce magic coins. Then the son works for another year and is paid with a magic table that food appears on when the right words are said. The same thing happens to the table that happened to the donkey at the inn, and again the son fails to impress his father with his business success. The third year of working is rewarded with a magic stick that will wack anyone that the son tells it to. He uses the stick on the innkeeper who gives the son back his magic donkey and table. The son comes home in triumph to finally prove to his father his worth.

The paper cut is illustrating the moment that the son is showing off his magic table that is supposed to be covered with food, only to find out that once again he has been tricked. His father isn't very impressed. The mice were hoping for a better performance, too.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Monday, February 1, 2010

A Dragon and his Boy

Here is a quick cut that I did shortly after the last one. Dragons are fun to cut.